Transcript for Claressa Shields talks PFL MMA debut and sexism within boxing
Back now with my interview with boxing superstar claressa shields, the two-time olympic gold medalist opening up about her fight to become a champion and advocate for women's empowerment. Take a look. Inside the ring, 26-year-old claressa shields is a force to be reckoned with. But this two-time olympic gold champ was born out of struggle. You've had this fire like this intensity about you. So what fuels that fire? It's just kind of from my background of growing up like, you know, I grew up and didn't have a whole bunch of food, didn't have clothe, didn't have shoe, didn't have a bed until I was 17 years old. It just kind of taught me anything I want I have to fight The Flint, Michigan, native first step into the the ring at the age of 11. I was led to boxing from my dad. The best decision my dad ever plead was to let me box. Today shields is the first undisputed champion in two different weight classes during the four belt era. But even with all the accolades she says sexism still exists in a traditionally male dominated sport telling showtime sports. I want to grow women's boxing and have equal pay. Equal opportunity. The pay discrepancy, you know, it's mind boggling to me because there's not a boxer, male or female who has accomplished what I have accomplished. There are a lot more changes that need to be done. This year tired of waiting for network to air her next fight put together an all female event and brought it to pay-per-view. Always wanting more for herself, she is on to her next venture, mixed martial arts. Signing with the professional fighters league. What made you make the switch? During the pandemic it was a depressing time. I wasn't in the ring, had gained a whole bunch of weight and I've accomplished everything in boxing and in my mind I'm just like, you know what, I think it's time to try mma. You know, you have so much confidence. Does anything make you nervous? I get nervous. I got a good poker face, you know, but the confidence come from hard work. And what example are you hoping to set for all women? Be the woman who you want to be. Sometimes they put us in this box and they say this is what a woman needs, skinny, petite, you know, straight hair and they put you in this box and it's so shallow. I think that people are so used to women just being, you know, being told what to do and I not doing what they want to do it kind of makes them uncomfortable and makes them feel intimidated. That's my advice to the women. Do you, boo. Do you, boo. She is definitely doing it. That's right. Claressa will make her pfl /mma debut Thursday June 10th. We'll be watching.
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